Executive Office of the President

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Executive Order to Control Earmarks

Earmark process is inappropriate, extra-constitutional, and adding $50 billion to $100 billion a year to deficits. Executive order is needed stating -- the President and the Agencies shall not execute funds appropriated that were submitted or requested through OMB. The President may make line item exceptions, at the recommendation of any agency head, provided that agency head provides a budget offset that is accepted ...more »

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Department of Energy

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Multi-year budgets

a multi year budget process. The yearly budget process is often just that...a year long effort. The manpower expendature for budget development and justification on annually could be significantly reduced by having a three year budget. The annual effort for budget development and justification involves all hands across the organization to some extent. At least for research and development offices, where the investement ...more »

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Legislative Branch

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Save $20M+ annually - Electronically Print & Deliver Congressional Record

The Congressional Record cost tax payers $28,390,000 each year to print and deliver to Congress. If converted to electronic format, voice and color enhancements could be added simultaneously with electronic dissemination to significantly reduce these costs in the millions of dollars. Additionally, speedier dissemination (via email, RSS Feed, special website, etc.), authentication and preservation would be guaranteed ...more »

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Department of Energy

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Go Beyond Budgeting

I suggest we use continuous rolling budgets versus doing the budgeting (and programming) drill every year. This paradigm is explained in detail at www.beyondbudgeting.org and would save us money on multiple fronts. We wouldn't need the complete bottoms up painful annual budget drill and people wouldn't feel compelled to "use it or lose it" or attempt to sandbag and inflate thier numbers.

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Legislative Branch

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Pay Federal Employee's Tax Exempt

My idea is to pay Federal emloyees a tax exempt value. This would take the same concept as municipal bonds to salaries. Budgets are artificially inflated due to a cyclical accounting of re-collecting taxes due on these salaries. Also due to the number of federal employees that do not pay their taxes correctly the recouped money stays with the government. Additional savings would be made through eliminating collection ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

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Budgeting for overtime expenditures

I recommend that the budget process be revised to include an incentive for end of year return of unspent funds to the Treasury. The current process discourages the lapsing of funds as managerial incompetence in planning overtime expenditures. In reality, in our environment, volcanos, inclement weather, unrest, etc play a determining role in overtime expenses incurred.

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Legislative Branch

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Revisit open skies policy

I recommend that the open skies policy be reassessed in light of budget constraints. International airports with low passsenger volume (i.e., one flight per day) require inordinant resources per passenger when compared to busier airports. This allocation of resources is a drain on busier airports and results in personnel actually working a total of 1-2 hours in exchange for 8 hrs pay. In addition, remote locations ...more »

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General Services Administration

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Change Airfare Costs/Contracts

Current airfare costs for Government employees is overly expensive. Part of that is due to the flexibility in being able to cancel or change flights at a moments notice without paying any additional cost. However, we're paying hundreds of dollars more per ticket just to have that flexibility when a majority of travelers don't change flights. Meanwhile, if Government had the flexibility to choose regular airfare prices, ...more »

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Department of Commerce

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Reward agencies for spending under their budget

As it stands now, each agency is penalized if it does not spend its budget in two ways: (1) it loses what's left in the budget and (2) will very likely receive a smaller budget the following year. As a result, each agency has a strong incentive to spend every dollar. Offer agencies incentives to save money such as no loss of budget savings, etc. (an economist could come up with better ones than I).

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Executive Office of the President

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Budget Formulation Policy Streamlining

Each agency is required to prepare and issue a policy on budget formulation in conformance with OMB Circular A-11. However, there is a statutory requirement that no agency can issue its policy until a very busy office within OMB approves the policy. This generally involves a waiting period many months or even a year or two long. What if the OMB approval were replaced with the requirement that the policy state that ...more »

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Department of the Treasury

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Combine Requests for Information to our Customers: i.e. Return Census and Tax Forms Together

The same information is often requested from multiple agencies (name, address, dependents, and income). Where possible combine forms across agencies to consolidate the requests we make of our customers. Immediate benefits will include: • Consolidate requests to our customers (in 2010 we submitted our tax and census requests within weeks of each other) • Reduce duplicate envelope cost, a more “green” approach • ...more »

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General Services Administration

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Train Locally – Use Existing FEB Training in 28 Locations Across U.S.

Large cost savings could be gained if federal leaders were encouraged to train their employees in the cities they work. Approximately 88% of the Federal Workforce is located outside of Washington D.C. This is better for the environment and will save the federal government in travel and per diem costs. Federal training already exists in 28 large cities through the Federal Executive Boards (www.Feb.Gov). FEB sponsored ...more »

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